The League to Save Lake Tahoe (Keep Tahoe Blue) is seeking an experienced, highly motivated, organized and outgoing individual with a background in outreach and education to help create an informed and engaged community that supports the League's priority goals and mission. To achieve this, the Community Engagement Associate will work as part of a team with the Community Engagement Manager (CEM) and Outreach Associate.
The Keep Tahoe Blue team is looking for someone who can provide seamless verbal and written communications to a wide variety of audiences and can work independently with minimal supervision. Primary responsibilities include working with the CEM team to execute the Keep Tahoe Blue education programs and opportunities, administer the Keep Tahoe Blue sticker program, coordinate other League-hosted events, engage Tahoe's diverse community, participate in key community events, conduct event tracking and reporting, and represent the League at public presentations, regional education working groups, community events and other projects as needed.
Community engagement events and outreach
You will coordinate ways to engage all communities by leading the effort to identify and register for community tabling events, including identifying new opportunities and ensuring such events are staffed appropriately. Leading these events will include creating and updating educational, promotional and program materials and being a point of contact and executing a successful event. You will professionally respond to inquiries received through the website, Education Center and community engagement events. Confident and clear communication is a must, as you may sometimes be dealing with potentially controversial issues. As with all of our programs, data tracking and regular reporting is an essential part of this position in order to report successes throughout the year. You will also expand our work with diverse communities in the area by providing education and opportunities to learn about the League and issues facing Lake Tahoe. In addition, you will oversee maintenance of the League's shared storage spaces.
The CEA supports the CEM with scheduling, coordinating and executing exciting events and programs. These include community cleanups, Tahoe Blue Crew, Tahoe Forest Stewardship Days and presentations and tabling at key Tahoe events as needed. You will also support the Natural Resources team with promoting, recruiting and training volunteers in the citizen science programs - Pipe Keepers, Eyes on the Lake and Snapshot Day.
Keep Tahoe Blue sticker program
Since the inception of the iconic Keep Tahoe Blue motto, the League has given out more than four million stickers. The League hosts sticker and donation boxes at businesses around Lake Tahoe, Truckee and Reno. The monies raised from the sticker program helps fund the League's educational programs. You will administer this program by keeping an active roster of participating businesses, visiting businesses on a monthly basis to restock stickers, collecting donations and informing the businesses about upcoming events and League initiatives. Implementation of this program also includes accurately counting donations brought in through the program, managing a core volunteer based out of Reno, providing information for the website about the program and keeping an eye out for business partnerships in the Blue Business program or at our events.
Keep Tahoe Blue education program
It is vital for the health of Lake Tahoe to educate youth about the impacts threatening Lake Tahoe and teach them how to be a part of the solution. You';ll use your creative mind to educate youth (primarily middle school and high school) on subjects including the watershed, impacts of stormwater runoff, aquatic invasive species and litter. This fun and unique program requires a great deal of attention to detail and organizational skills. You'll be responsible for keeping active records, providing information for the website and staying up to date on the most current and age-appropriate curriculum based on League priorities and projects. You will also create and update lesson materials for use in the classroom and out in the field. In addition to working with teachers and students, you'll be the League's representative at monthly education coalition committee meetings in the North and South Shore. This program is evolving and expanding so adaptability and flexibility is essential to help meet the League's goals and mission.
We are the League core volunteer program
Our volunteers are one of our most valuable resources, helping the League meet our mission and goals and helping complete our team. In 2014, the League founded our We are the League core volunteer program. We are the League is a group of core volunteers who are dedicated leaders of our outreach team. You will work very closely with our core volunteers, recognize their work, track hours volunteered, keep records of each volunteer and celebrate their dedication by organizing volunteer appreciation events to help support recurring and active engagement.
WHAT YOU NEED
- An interest in environmental conservation and the League's mission to protect, restore and advocate for the ecosystem health and scenic beauty of the Lake Tahoe Basin
- Associates degree (B.A. or B.S. preferred) with studies in environmental education, environmental studies, communications, marketing, nonprofit management or other applicable field
- One to three years of experience in environmental education, community outreach or related field
- Familiarity with Lake Tahoe environmental issues
- Exceptional public speaking and communications skills
- Excellent phone manner and customer service
Detail-oriented with a high degree of reliability in managing multiple data and records simultaneously using Microsoft Excel and/or Google spreadsheets
- Proficiency in social media applications (including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter)
- Flexibility to work nights and weekends as needed
- Ability to set appropriate priorities, meet deadlines and manage multiple projects and relationships simultaneously
- Ability to work effectively with teams and diverse individuals
- Ability and willingness to work outside and occasionally in bad weather
- Bilingual (Spanish) preferred but not required
Organization specific requirements
- Attend weekly staff meetings, staff retreats and activities
- Attend annual benefit, annual meeting, July 5 beach cleanup and Tahoe Forest Stewardship Day events
- Maintain skill level through reading and training, attend trainings as required
- Share in office cleaning and chores
- Ability to bend, carry and lift up to 40 pounds
- Ability to sit or stand at a desk for long periods of time
- Other duties as required
- Valid driver's license, current DMV printout, auto insurance
- Dependable vehicle able to function in any and all weather conditions including heavy snow for regular trips around the Lake Tahoe Basin and occasional trips to Reno, Bay Area and Sacramento.
- Ability to transport outreach materials that include, but not limited to, pop-up canopy, folding tables, large boxes and volunteer event supplies. If an employee does not have such a vehicle they may rent one at their own expense.
- Proficient with Windows and Microsoft Office applications and Google Apps
WHAT WE OFFER
Established in 1957, the League to Save Lake Tahoe is the oldest and largest environmental non-profit in the Lake Tahoe Basin. You've likely seen our iconic Keep Tahoe Blue sticker. Keep Tahoe Blue means so much more than showing your love for Lake Tahoe. A position at the League allows you to be part of a dynamic team that has been advocating for strong environmental protections of a national treasure for the last 62 years.
The community engagement associate is a full-time hourly position based at our headquarters in South Lake Tahoe, CA. Our regular business hours are 9 am - 5 pm, Monday - Friday. Due to the nature of the position, you will be working in the office and the field with flexibility in scheduling work hours around community engagement events and program requirements.
We offer health/dental benefits and vacation time after the 90-day probationary period, sick time, employer retirement matching after two years of employment, an eco-conscious office environment and a fun and highly motivated team dedicated to protecting Lake Tahoe.
$14 - $16 per hour
Desired start date
April 15, 2019
Reports to: Community Engagement Manager
Supervises: Volunteers as required
If this sounds like the job for you, send a PDF copy of your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell us why you're the best fit for the position and for the League.